Who can use these Consultant Standard Terms of Business?
Any professional or freelancer providing services to a client can use this Consultant standard terms of business template. You may also want to look at our Consultant’s Legal Pack, which contains a low-cost collection of legal template documents that would be useful to a consultancy business.
What is this contract for?
The contract comprises a short letter from the provider to the client plus a set of standard terms of business. There are also schedules to be filled in with the services and the fees. In addition, our template includes a single page document containing the terms of business in small print which can be used on the back of a proposal or an order form.
What are the main issues?
Firstly, the practical issues: the precise scope of services, the fees and the payment arrangements. These will probably be set out in the schedule.
Arrangements for the client to provide information and make decisions in a timely fashion can be spelt out and benefit the relationship.
Intellectual property developed by an independent consultant will normally belong to the consultant with the client having the right to use the IP particular purposes is normal. Sometimes the client will require ownership of all IP
Liability and insurance. Depending on the nature of the services, the consultant will not want an open-ended liability. Limiting liability to the value of fees or linking it to professional indemnity insurance may be appropriate. We have some alternative clauses here
What detailed terms does the contract contain?
There are 11 main clauses covering:
- scope of services
- fees and expenses (by reference to a separate quotation/contract)
- information and approval
- standard of care
- intellectual property
- liability (with alternative clauses)
- assignment and subcontracting
- law and jurisdiction
For more information on each of these sections, see our Explanatory Notes which you will receive when you download the document from our website.
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When I download the document, can I change it and/or use it more than once?
Yes, all ContractStore’s templates are in MS Word and you can use the contract on more than one project. For more information, watch the video on this page of our website or see our FAQs
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